Our Team

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Kathy serves as the Co-Executive Director of BC Pulse in Battle Creek, Michigan.  She successfully supports the Battle Creek community in building an effective early childhood service delivery system, utilizing a systems change framework developed by and supported through Michigan State University. Together with Michigan State University’s Systems Exchange, Kathy serves as a national co-trainer of the ABLe Change Framework.

Kathy’s career began in 1995 with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she supported national grantees by providing communications strategy and planning.  While there, she led staff efforts towards inclusion through the development of an internal committee that focused on issues of equity and personal transformation. After her tenure at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Kathy served as Director of Neighborhood Programs with the Battle Creek Community Foundation.  As part of the Foundation’s Executive Team, she developed practices and policies to support effective stewardship and supportive community leadership.  Her primary responsibility was to ensure that resident groups had access to the resources necessary to transform their community.  She did this by developing and sustaining a nationally-recognized program that authentically engaged residents and built their leadership capacity in ways that benefitted the community.

While at the Community Foundation, Kathy also served on the Monday Morning Group, a coalition created to address the issue of youth violence in Battle Creek.  It was through this work that she led efforts to align local organizations and institutions so that their efforts and resources best met the needs of the youth affected by and engaged in violence.

Kathy is certified as a Community Coach through Leadership That Works and as a Diversity Facilitator through the Facilitated Leadership Program of the Fetzer Institute.  She’s completed training through the Asset Based Development Institute and served several terms as a board member for Grassroots Grantmakers, a national affinity group.  She is an active board member for Speak It Forward, a local youth development nonprofit that integrates spoken word art into treatment.  She has consulted with groups across the country in support of their efforts to authentically engage residents.  She is currently participating in Michigan Associations of Health Plan’s Certified Master Trainer for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), with certification expected in early 2018.

 

Kathleen Moore

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Kathleen Moore is a coach for the early childhood staff at the Calhoun

Intermediate School District and oversees the Raising A Reader program.  In addition to being a certified coach, Kathleen is a Certified Trauma Practitioner-Clinical, a Certified Community Coach, and a Coach Trainer, through Leadership That Works where she is currently a faculty member. She has served on the Lakeview Board of Education for 15 years and is on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of School Boards.  Kathleen has a strong belief that one of the best ways to a bright future is to take good care of our community’s children!

Alfredia Dysart-Drake

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As Program Associate for Albion Health Care Alliance (AHCA), Alfredia facilitates the management of the AHCA office and supports the programmatic functions of the Alliance, including Neighborhood Health Visitors, Sisters Influencing Society, and the Faithful Families Partnerships. Alfredia also leads the Albion specific SNAP-Ed program, Healthy Albion, where she works with community partners to deliver nutrition education and physical activity promotion interventions.

Alfredia has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Michigan and has received a certificate of completion from The Fund Raising School of Indiana University. Alfredia has significant nonprofit leadership experience including serving as the Interim Executive Director for the Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity, Executive Director of Albion Volunteer Service Organization, and as a Program Manager for the Volunteer Center of Battle Creek. Alfredia is a certified Community Health Worker trainer, and has recently been accepted into the Train-the-Trainer program for the Adverse Childhood Experience (A.C.E.) initiative. Once her training is complete she will become a certified Instructor and train others within the region. In addition, she is completing the “Coaching for Community Transformation” training and will be a certified Coach. Alfredia is a member of the Albion Volunteer Service Organization board of directors where she serves as board president. She is also a member of the Albion Downtown Development Authority and serves as treasurer